A National Seminar on Tuberculosis was held Bara Kahu to commemorate World TB Day. Honorable Sectary of IPC, Fareed Ullah graced the occasion as a chief guest. Dr. Najeeb Durrani, DTC , Dr. Muhammad Azhar, DHO ICT, Dr. G.N Qazi, Representative WHO, Dr. Ejaz Qadeer, National Manager, National TB Control Program were also present on the occasion. A large number of youth , Lady health Workers and key stakeholders including representatives of Ministry of IPC, NGOs, INGOs, multi-lateral and bilateral organizations, academia and media participated in the event.
Fareed Ullah in his address said that cleanliness is very important. No one can get better unless he/she takes cares of the hygiene. He also advised that National TB Control Program should develop their PC-1 for the education and rehabilitation of TB Patients. He also said that IEC material should be distributed in all the schools.
Dr. Ghulam Nabi Qazi appreciated the efforts of National TB Control Program and congratulated NTP and its team on their achievements and wish them all the best for future endeavors. He also thanked the young people and LHWs for their participation and acknowledged the efforts of young volunteers for putting their efforts in World TB Day activities.
Dr. Najeeb Durrani in his address gave an overview of the disease and this year’s theme ‘Stop TB in My Life Time’. He said that today is an important day for all of us as we have gathered here to commemorate World TB Day – a day which is designed to revitalize our commitment and dedication for improving the lives of people suffering from TB. He in detail explained the causes and symptoms of TB and that TB is curable after 6 months of complete treatment. He also told the participants that TB diagnosis and treatment is available free of cost throughout the country at health facilities established by the government.
Dr. Muhammad Azhar said that Pakistan is having the 6th highest incidence in the world which does not occupy an enviable position with regard to Tuberculosis. He further remarked that the key to controlling TB is to raise awareness about its symptoms and encourage sufferers to seek treatment which is available free of cost. It is to ensure that patients follow the full course of medication for the prescribed period. Also, tuberculosis carries social stigma, which is a major obstacle for treatment. Public education and building awareness can help prevent a deepening epidemic. He said that the Government of Pakistan is making concerted efforts to control TB in Pakistan and together with the help of youth we can disseminate the related information regarding tuberculosis the communicates which will can help in saving the lives of thousands of people who die of TB every year.
Earlier, TB Patient highlighted their Success Stories. After the seminar all the participants under the leadership of honorable Sectary IPC started the symbolic walk in the vicinity of Bara Kahu holding the banners and play cards of TB messages.